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Job Ref:  204682765
Employer:  cv-library.co.uk
Industry:  Civil and Structural
Job Type:  Permanent
Country:  United Kingdom
City:  Middlewich
Post Code:  CW10
19/10/2016 09:45
Head of Operations British Salt and Tata Chemicals Europe

We are looking to recruit a Head of Operations based at British Salt, Middlewich, Cheshire. This role will also have responsibility for our Sodium Bicarbonate Operations at Northwich. As a key member of the Salt & Sodium Bicarbonate Business leadership team, the job holder will have full responsibility for the Sites and delivery of production, maintenance, engineering and capital investment plans in line with the long term strategic goals of the business. A key part of the role is leadership of site teams of 130 employees. Salt & Sodium Bicarbonate business with a turnover of £70m is involved in the manufacturing and selling of products in Food, Feed, Pharma, Haemodialysis, Water Treatment and many other applications in UK and in export markets in highly regulated applications. Due to internal moves, we are now inviting applications for this role. We see this as a fantastic opportunity to recruit an ambitious and dynamic leader to our business who has the ability to progress into a more senior role (board level) in the future. A significant element of this role is to enthusiastically lead people on the journey to develop the site and improve the profitability of the business and ultimately build a more successful team. This will take lots of energy and passion, as well as a real desire to lead from the front. This is an operational role and we are looking for someone who is passionate about manufacturing and getting the best out of the teams to deliver the investment plans and business growth opportunities with vigour. The job holder will therefore need to be involved in the day to day operations as well as the strategic direction of the business. You will be responsible for providing fresh thinking and a CI approach to take the plants, to even greater levels of operational efficiency, ahead of further capital investment.

Taking responsibility for Salt & Sodium Bicarbonate Operations in line with good employment, health, safety, quality and environmental practices.
Delivery of site budgets on production volumes , grades , variable & fixed costs and all other key site KPIs,
Retention of all site quality and SHE certifications (ISO9001, ISO14001, ISO18001, FEMAS, BRC, MHRA etc).
Delivering operational efficiency through a range of process improvement projects.
Contributing to the expansion of margin by proactively participating in continuous product developments.
Leading the senior site management teams to optimise outputs, efficiency and manning levels by reducing waste, and energy use and maximising production/plant utilisation.
Ensuring quality and integrity of products whilst optimising margin.
Maintaining tight control of engineering spend and maintenance costs.
Delivery of capital investment proposals and projects in line with the strategic objectives of the business.

Degree qualified or above in an engineering/chemistry discipline, the successful candidate will demonstrate a practical approach to operations management with a strong track record of leading teams, at a senior level, to deliver continuous improvement to operational efficiency and wider plant profitability.
Knowledge of Chemical manufacturing processes, as well as some experience of the Salt industry would be preferable but is not essential.
Knowledge and experience working in the Food or Pharma sector advantageous.
Experience of Lean, 6 Sigma or 5S management systems would also be beneficial.
Results orientated, self-motivated and the ability to contribute to the strategic direction of both businesses are essential for this role. In return we can offer a competitive salary, bonus scheme and other generous benefits
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